The Register's Brian Taylor Carlson breaks down all of this year's new fair foods and tells you which ones to try! Des Moines Register


It's time to loosen your belts and get your appetites ready.

Three new fair foods will be competing for the coveted 2019 Iowa State Fair People’s Choice Best New Food Award.

Finalists include the Georgie’s Roast with the Most Wrap from G Mig’s Wrap Stand and The Chief from The Rib Shack, both selected by a celebrity panel of judges on July 16.

Fair enthusiasts cast their vote last week for the third new food on the Iowa State Fair app. Voting closed at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19.

The third finalist, selected by the public, is Chicken Street Tacos from Chicken City.

More: Iowa State Fair: 57 new foods to try for 2019

The 2019 Best New Food finalists

Here are the three Best New Food finalists for 2019:

Download the Des Moines Register Fair Food Finder app: iPhone | Android | on the Web (updating soon for 2019).

Georgie's Roast with the Most Wrap

Located at G Mig’s Wrap Stand, this new food is a cheddar tortilla wrap with tender beef pot roast, a white rice mixture containing Chorizo sausage crumbles, roasted green chilies, cheddar-Jack cheese, candy corn salsa, crispy corn tortilla crumbles and a sour cream drizzle, served with a zesty salsa verde sauce on the side ($10). Gluten-free wraps are available at an additional cost.

The Chief

A new creation of Navajo barbecue fried bread with slow-smoked beef brisket topped with cilantro-lime slaw and a salsa cream drizzle ($8). Find The Chief at The Rib Shack. A slow-smoked pork option is also available. 

Chicken Street Tacos

Chicken Street Tacos include grilled chicken, sliced thin and covered with fresh corn salsa and a sweet and salty lime mist, held together with a flour tortilla.  A sweet pepper sour cream sauce is drizzled over the top. These tacos are located at the Chicken City stand ($9).

Fairgoers can sample the top three finalists and cast their vote with the official Iowa State Fair app from Aug. 8 until midnight on Aug. 12. The winner will be announced on Aug. 15 during the Fair.

The Iowa State Fair takes place from Aug. 8-18. For more information or to learn more about the 2019 new foods, visit

Brian Taylor Carlson is the food and dining reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at or 515-284-8552 and follow @briantaylorcarlson on Facebook, @BriinDSM on Twitter and @briindsm on Instagram.

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